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ACER palmatum 'Goshiki-shidare'

Image of Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Goshiki-shidare'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum var. dissectum 'Goshiki-shidare'

Plant Common Name

Cutleaf Japanese Maple, Dissected Japanese Maple, Goshiki-shidare Maple, Threadleaf Japanese Maple

Special Notice

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General Description

Fine, lacy foliage, that’s the first thing that should come to mind when thinking about dissected Japanese maple.

Asian in origin, this deciduous tree tends to have a smaller stature than other Japanese maples and sports arching branches that give it a broad, mounded appearance. There is a lot of variation in leaf color and sometimes shape, depending on the cultivar, but overall leaves may be yellow-green or green to purple-red turning shades of purple, red, orange and yellow in the fall.

These adaptable trees prefer sites with humus-rich, well-drained soil and partial shade. Some may self-sow, but not invasively. Japanese maple is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a feature plant, in a mixed border, or as a bonsai.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    12'-20' / 3.7m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Central Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Orange, Gold, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Gray, Slate Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No